“The project aims to shed light on New Zealand’s incorporation into an expanding capitalist world economic system and the ways in which this – as well as colonial governments – impacted upon Māori, both negatively and positively,” explains Stevens.
"I am interested in the social impact of climate change on the governance and identity with cultural landscapes."
Merata’s research activities have over-arching themes of supporting Māori leadership, community and education.
The revival of an ancient Māori method of teaching in the dark has had spectacular results for Dr Karyn Paringatai and her students.
Māori speakers in Dunedin and Otago face an uphill battle to keep their language skills alive so they can pass them on to new generations. But soon they could be getting help, following collaboration between local families, Ngāi Tahu and a multidisciplinary team from the University of Otago.
Based at Otago’s Te Tumu - School of Māori, Pacific and Indigenous Studies, Associate Professor Poia Rewi (Tūhoe, Ngāti Manawa, Te Arawa) works on a regional and national level in multiple areas of Te Reo promotion, teaching and research, and his current projects highlight his unwavering focus.